Travel

Airport

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA): 6.5 miles/18 minutes from the Marriott Wardman Park.  

The hotel is located at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC 20008 and does not provide shuttle service.


Ground Transportation - Estimated Fares (one way)

DCA Ride App Pickup Info

  1. UberX
    Cost: ~ $23
    Duration: ~ 20 minutes 
     
  2. Lyft
    Cost: ~ $18
    Duration: ~ 20 minutes 

Metro
Cost: $2.60 one-way (SmarTrip Card: $2) 
Duration: ~ 30 minutes 
Getting to the Metrorail from Terminals 
Route – Yellow Line to Red Line

Taxi
Cost: ~ $24 one-way for 1 or 2 people
Duration: ~ 15 minutes

Shuttle 
SuperShuttle Airport Reservation

Airfare

MESA no longer contracts with airlines because the best fares typically can be found on the internet through the various available travel portals.

Parking

On-site Parking: $48 daily 
Overnight Valet Parking: $55 USD
 

International Travelers

Travel Ban

In a June 26, 2018 ruling, the Supreme Court found constitutional Presidential Proclamation 9645. 9645 restricts travel to the U.S. from nationals of five Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Please see the July 20 memo from MESAʼs Task Force on Civil and Human Rights for further information.

Even with a valid visa, it is important for international travelers to stay abreast of developments. We recommend reading Know Your Rights: What To Do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S. These helpful tips from the ACLU will serve as a guide to anyone undergoing stringent evaluation at the airport. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a Border Search Pocket Guide that can be printed and carried during travel.

Visa Waiver Program

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program were implemented in November 2015. Changes include new passport requirements (e-passports), the Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA) which all VWP applicants must use, and restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen since March 1, 2011. If you have traveled to one of those countries you cannot travel to the US under the VWP. You will need a visa. Information.

e-passports

As of April 1, 2016, e-passports are required for those traveling under the VWP. These passports have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page, and a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. Information.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization

The Department of Homeland Security has established the “Electronic System for Travel Authorization,” an automated system to determine eligibility to travel under the VWP. All persons traveling under the VWP must apply for an ESTA. Approved ESTA applications are good for a period of two years. Further information is available here.

As always, we suggest getting everything in order for travel to the U.S. in advance of purchasing airline tickets. We encourage you to read the information on these new programs by following the above links.

Share your stories of border crossing troubles with Jeff Reger.

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